Reviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: There is a significant difference in osteopathic medicine as practiced in the U.S. and that practiced by osteopaths of other nations. This book details procedures common in osteopathic treatments performed by osteopaths outside of the U.S., and readers must be careful not to confuse the two.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to present osteopathy as practiced outside of the U.S.
Audience: This is a good book for those interested in osteopathy as a complementary adjunct to traditional medicine and how osteopathy is differentiated from the osteopathic medicine practiced in the U.S.
Features: The book begins by discussing the paradigms of healing, their evolution, perceptions, and perspectives, the origins of osteopathy and comparisons of contemporary and complementary medicine. Discussions address biological rhythms and the interface between the human body and different rhythms of the environment. The role of mechanical stress and the adaptive organization of the body are explored and the osteopathic concept of the somatic dysfunction and diagnosis are extensively outlined. Finally, the treatment principles of osteopathy are outlined, focusing on cranial manipulation as well as analogies to the Chinese meridians and body energy implications, along with multiple discussions on the interactions of the autonomic and peripheral nervous systems with the brain and vagus nerve organization.
Assessment: This book on osteopathy as practiced outside of the U.S. provides an overview of some of the thoughts behind complementary medical practice and how many different traditions tend to have similar philosophies.